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  1. Stanford and Irish wage war in recruiting

    Sep 23, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    I discussed it briefly during the IBG, but the boys at One Foot Down did a nice job breaking down the recruiting wars that have been taking place between Palo Alto and South Bend the past few years. If you want a better look give it a read, but here’s a cliffnotes version of the…

  2. Kelly rallies the troops

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    With the Irish staring a ranked opponent in the eye and sitting at 1-2 after two last-second defeats, Brian Kelly has turned the focus inward for his team. “Nobody feels sorry for Notre Dame at 1-2,” Kelly said. “It can’t be, ‘Well, gee, we deserve this,’  we don’t deserve anything. We deserve what we get.…

  3. And in that corner… The Stanford Cardinal

    Sep 22, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    The Stanford Cardinal come rolling into town this Saturday, primed to play the Fighting Irish after three weeks of astonishing production and lopsided scores. While their treatment of Sacramento State didn’t surprise anyone, Jim Harbaugh’s squad absolutely demolished UCLA and Wake Forest, with scores that certainly raised eyebrows around the country. Harbaugh enters his fourth…

  4. IBG: Bring on Stanford

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    The Irish Blogger Gathering continues with some pertinent questions about the game against  Stanford. Running the show with a Q&A befitting the written exam on the GRE is the crew from One Foot Down, who have certainly put some time and effort into the questions at hand. I’ll do my best to answer them. (Apologies…

  5. 2012 Dublin game set for Aviva Stadium

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:44 PM EDT

    Details on the highly-anticipated Navy-Notre Dame game set for Sept 1, 2012 in Dublin were announced today. The game will be played in the recently completed Aviva Stadium, Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced. Here’s more from the official release: “To see this stadium is to believe it has to be one of…

  6. Tuesdays with BK: Stanford edition

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    After two straight last-minute losses, Brian Kelly addressed the media as his team prepared to play Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford Cardinal. Here’s some video from the fine folks back at home base:  

  7. Where did all the safeties go?

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Harrison Smith and Zeke Motta were the only two scholarship safeties available to play on Saturday night in East Lansing, a gigantic handicap that reared its ugly head multiple times in Saturday’s overtime loss to Michigan State. While injuries to starting safety Jamoris Slaughter and key reserve Dan McCarthy put the Irish in the inevitable…

  8. Clausen slated to start for Panthers

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    While the wait to hear his name called during the NFL Draft took longer than he expected, it only took two games for Jimmy Clausen to become a starting quarterback in the NFL. After a woeful performance against Tampa Bay, Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox announced he’s starting the rookie from Notre Dame next…

  9. The Good, the bad the ugly: Michigan State

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    It’s hard to envision two endings more painful than the last two Saturdays for Notre Dame. Against two familiar rivals, the Irish came out on the wrong end of two last-minute finishes, and in the process ripped open old wounds and forced plenty of repressed memories to the forefront. For players and fans alike, there’s…

  10. Big East: Officials correct on game's final play

    Sep 19, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    The Big East released an official statement supporting the no-call on the game’s final play.  Big East football coordinator Terry McAulay had this to say: “After review, the Conference believes that the game officials correctly applied the proper mechanics and guidelines that are in place to determine, in a consistent manner, when a flag should…

  11. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Sep 19, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Moments after the loss last night, Brian Kelly addressed the media. Here’s what he said:  

  12. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 19, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

    Very rarely can you summarize a football game in one sentence, but head coach Brian Kelly did in his post-game press conference, just minutes after a fake field goal attempt in overtime won the football game for Michigan State 34-31: “It came down to one play,” Kelly said. “Michigan State executed the play. We did…

  13. Kudos to the Spartans…

    Sep 19, 2010, 12:05 AM EDT

    …but the play should have never happened.  Both the playclock on the TV feed and the scoreboard were clearly at zero before the ball was snapped. Either way, it’s the playcall of the year by Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio.

  14. Live Blog coming — T minus 7 hours until kickoff

    Sep 18, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The weather report doesn’t look too promising for East Lansing tonight, where the Irish and Spartans could be playing in sporadic thunderstorms. That said, it won’t stop me from live-blogging the event, from the comfortable confines of the Inside the Irish HQ, deep in the heart of USC country. A couple quick notes: * After…

  15. Pregame Twelve Pack: Michigan State edition

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    Round three of the Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers, or miscellaneous musings as we head into the Michigan State game. 1. Charlie Weis may have been a Bon Jovi guy, but Brian Kelly is a Van Halen man. While the real news should be that defensive line/special teams coach Mike Elston has…

  16. Riddick key to unlocking Irish offense

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    “I really have high high expectations for him. He’s an elite player. He’s learning a position, but I think we’ll be talking a lot about Theo Riddick as we move through the season.” Those were the comments from head coach Brian Kelly during preseason camp that had Irish fans so excited about the potential of…

  17. Day in the life of Stewart shows true student-athlete

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    The last few days the headlines haven’t been pretty for college football. Mughshots of Chris Rainey, Heisman’s returned by a suddenly righteous Reggie Bush. Meanwhile, law student and starting left guard Chris Stewart goes about his self-proclaimed “boring” life and the USA Today’s Mike Lopresti was there to follow along. Here’s a snippet from a…

  18. Irish land another blue-chipper in DE Stephon Tuitt

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune is reporting that Brian Kelly and company received a gigantic commitment this evening from another blue-chip defensive end, Georgia-native Stephon Tuitt. His commitment gives the Irish arguably the best one-two recruiting punch at defensive end in the country with Tuitt joining Aaron Lynch as two national, mega-prospects. Add…

  19. IBG: Welcome to Spartyville — UPDATED

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    I’m new to this Irish Blogger Gathering thing, but I was asked to host this week’s party. My job — DJ the evening, select the questions, and make sure everybody behaves. (All while people probably crack jokes behind my back and make fun of the corporate blogger, an oxymoron if there ever was one…) As…